Forget stylish apartments, luxury resorts or modern Airbnbs. Now you can spend a night locked up in an historical prison in Somerset, said to be the most haunted in the United Kingdom.
Located approximately one hour from Bristol, Shepton Mallet Prison was built in 1610 as a house of correction, following an act introduced by King James I. The prison is one of the oldest in Britain, and has a long, dark history, with death sentences being performed on the site up until 1945. Famous former inmates include the notorious Kray Twins, who served a sentence in the 1950’s, and it was at the prison that they met Charlie Richardson.
Taking place for one night only on 13 October, Porridge at HM Prison Shepton Mallet will see brave guests spending the night in a cell within the 75-foot walls of the prison and includes dinner and breakfast. In addition to this, visitors will get the opportunity to go on a tour after dark and wander the wings alone at night to experience any strange goings-on. Gates will open at 8pm, with a short briefing session taking place before visitors are shown to their lodgings. Guests are required to bring warm, comfortable clothes, rollup mats or airbeds, as well as a sleeping bag, pillow and torch.
Despite the spooky nature of the accommodation and the fact that only the bare essentials are provided, the tour has already proven extremely popular with the general public. “This is the first overnight stay we have hosted at Shepton Prison, and there has been a lot of interest and excitement surrounding the event, with tickets having nearly sold out already, so there will be more dates released in the future,” said Emma Bassett, Marketing & Media Director for the Campbell Group that runs Jailhouse Tours.
Guests will rise for breakfast at 6.30am the following morning, and are released from prison by 8.30am. The tour company also runs experiences at two other historical British prisons, Shrewsbury and Gloucester.
Tickets for Shepton Mallet’s overnight stay are priced at £60 per person and can be booked at the Immersive Events website.